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epidural shot

whitecapwwhitecap Posts: 7
I would like to get some feedback on the results/longevity of an epidural shot for sciatica pain My problem is herniated disc
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  • Hello,
    Everyone here differs from the benefit of epidurals, some get reasonable results and others less so and the only way of knowing if they would ease your condition it to try and have a go. It is perceived as less invasive than surgery and the next progressive step between what has been tried and only time itself will provide any long term answers.

    Have these have been suggested on the basis of your current medical assessment, if previous treatments have not been successful this more direct approach may help, we have to be clear with what we expect to happen and even if it only gives temporary relief or reduces those peaks. It is a Pm tool and included in any improvement strategy.

    Success can only be measured in what it provides you, I always feel that doing something is better than doing nothing, my own 2 epidurals were helpful and gave some relief over a 6month+ period for each one, with hindsight it may have only forestalled the inevitable of more invasive surgery and at the time I would not have missed the chance of getting some, if only temporary relief.

    What are the alternatives and what have you done already.

    Take care and good luck.

  • I went for another opinion with a new DR Thursday 3/17
    after looking at my MRI which is a year old He advised
    I do not have a herniated disc. He told me I have spinal stynosis. What puzzles me is how two different
    Dr`s came to different conclusions from the same MRI.
    I do not know that much about this. But common sense
    tells me that spinal stynosis is the lesser of the two evils. I am not in to much pain I cant walk to far because of sciatiaca running down my right leg.
    Im not taking any heavy pain medication just an occasional naproxin. Ill keep you posted
  • I had a herniated disc than Degenerative discs and they both cause the same sciatica in my leg. I've taken Lyrica and Cymbalta and Cymbalta helped the best for me with sciatica pain. Are you taking any nerve pain meds? I also found walking easier with using a cane for support taking the pressure off the leg. Have you been to Physiotherapy yet? Or had an EMG/nerve test? My Dr. ordered the EMG/nerve test for the sciatica and numbness in my leg and foot then saw the Neurologist as he does part of the nerve test.

    I've also had epidurals that ease the sciatica in my leg. I hope you get some relief from your sciatica. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thank you for your comment: All im taking is an infrequent mild dose of Naproxin. Helps some
    I choose to tolerate the pain as opposed to heavy medication. 2 Dr`s one an Neuro surgeon the other an Orthopedic spine specialist looked at the same MRI and came up with entirely different conclusions One said I had a herniated disc the other said I have spinal stinosis. I dont trust these people
  • Just one data point but I was having a lot of pain through my right leg from a 16mm herniation at L5-S1. Had poor results with ESI in the past, but this time around it is working very well. Had the ESI the day before Thanksgiving and my pain level is much lower. Doesn't fix anything, but the pain is much lower and I have much less numbness. We'll see how long it lasts, but it is working for now.
  • It is nearly a month later and while I have much less pain than before the ESI, I can tell it is beginning to wear off. I am planning to have another discectomy at L5/S1, so the ESI didn't solve anything, but the pain relief has been substantial.
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